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Associate Professor - Informatics (CICS)

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Computer Science
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Information & Computer Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

 

About CICS

Established in 2015, the Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) is home to a U.S. News & World Report top twenty-five ranked computer science graduate program and a top-thirty ranked undergraduate program.  Today, CICS has 74 faculty, including 40 faculty hired in the past five years. Research funding from industry and government exceeded $21 million in the past year. The college maintains significant research collaborations with more than 50 industry-leading technology companies. Its affiliated research centers include the Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, the Center for Data Science, the Center for Smart and Connected Society, the Center for Knowledge Communication, the Computational Social Science Institute, and the Cybersecurity Institute. The college offers a world-class education, with 281 PhD students, 396 MS students, and 1732 undergraduate computer science and informatics majors. United by a revolutionary vision for computing research, education, and outreach—Computing for the Common Good—the CICS community is committed to inspiring and educating students from all backgrounds and experiences, and conducting research that improves the lives of the people of the Commonwealth and the world. 

 

Job Description

The Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for tenure-track faculty whose research focuses on Informatics, with particular interest in applications at the Associate Professor level. Exceptional candidates at other ranks may be considered. As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and candidates with a commitment to mentoring individuals from historically marginalized groups in computer science.  

This position is part of a recent initiative establishing a top-quality informatics program building on our highly rated computer science program and our significant interdisciplinary collaborations in many areas across campus. Our informatics program is focused on applying deep computational principles and information technology to address the most pressing global issues of our times. We welcome applicants with research experience that addresses our current focus in health informatics, bioinformatics, energy informatics, computational sustainability, and applied data science.  We also welcome applicants with research in other interdisciplinary areas that would allow us to broaden the scope of the program. 

We are particularly interested in candidates with a passion for advancing education in this interdisciplinary program and who have a vision for what a strong, vibrant informatics program would look like, in terms of both research and education. Our program is well positioned for such a candidate to advance their vision by working with existing Informatics leaders and faculty to build out new tracks in our undergraduate program and/or lead the creation of graduate degree programs.

 

Requirements

Before starting in this position, applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related area and should show evidence of exceptional research experience or promise. A record of applying computational thinking and design methodologies/principles in another discipline is strongly preferred.

 

Additional Information

Starting Date: September 1, 2023. Other start dates (e.g., Spring 2024 or Fall 2024) may be considered.

UMass Amherst and CICS are very supportive of dual-career families. We have a Partner Employment Program and will work with candidates to find opportunities for partners within CICS, across the University, and in the nearby community. Although UMass does not guarantee job placement, efforts are made to help secure a position for spouses or partners. For more information on our Partner Employment Program or other faculty benefits, please see https://www.umass.edu/prospective-faculty/work/balance.

Salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Inquiries and requests for more information can be sent to: facrec@cs.umass.edu.

 

Application Instructions

All applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement, a statement of teaching interests, a Diversity Statement (see below) and contact information for three (3) professional references. Applicants at the Associate or full Professor level should list a fourth professional reference in their cover letter.  Please include a statement in your cover letter that explains what it is about UMass Amherst and CICS specifically that makes you interested in this faculty position.

The Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, mentoring, teaching, and/or outreach activities.

Candidates should be prepared to submit materials that address the standards and criteria for tenure at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as described in our Academic Personnel Policy (also known as the “Red Book”).

We will begin interviewing as early as January 2023. To ensure consideration for a Winter/Spring interview, we encourage you to apply no later than December 1, 2022.

 

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

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